This year’s experiment in gardening has been a galvanized tub of fancy lettuce, kale and whatever popped up from last years crop in the same tub.
The idea was/is to localize the smaller crops in a more convenient location…as opposed to the big garden out back. Lettuce, spinach, herbs, garlic, carrots and grape tomatoes often got lost out there. They all needed total weed-free environments with quick and easy access to water. Plus a little shade!
So, in went the garlic alongside the lilies and iris.
Rhubarb nestled in amongst the roses and peonies.
Kale edged the end of the flower bed cozying up to rosemary and carnations.
The iris got transplanted and the carrots moved in!
And the tub welcomed the fancy lettuce starts purchased at the greenhouse. Normally I would have started my own seeds, but while browsing the wondrous display of veggies, I stumbled on a six-pack of fancy lettuce. It was beautiful!! And I thought of my tub and BOOM, a mini garden of greens was born.
I got 4 good cuttings for Spinach Strawberry Salad before the lettuce bolted. More will be planted as soon as I can get to town to find either seeds or starts.
But this experiment goes down as a Win! I’m now thinking I’ll do more container gardens. Already, strawberries are going nuts in 7 different containers ranging from a 10″ clay pot to a 6′ stock tank. No stooping to pick or weed, easy to water and fertilize…but you MUST keep them watered. Often and a lot!
Bonus photo…purslane in my tree stump 🙂
I call this the Senior Method of Gardening. I like it. Altho I haven’t traded my traditional garden in. Just yet! 🙂